All posts by Parish Secretary

15 – 29 May 2022

Sunday 15 May – Easter V
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Priest’s intention
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Monday 16
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Tuesday 17
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Special Intention
Wednesday 18
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Thursday 19
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Friday 20
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Saturday 21
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Sunday 22 – Easter VI
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Monday 23
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Tuesday 24
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Intentions of Our Lady
Wednesday 25
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Thursday 26 – The Ascension of the Lord
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Friday 27 – St Augustine of Canterbury Bp
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Saturday 28
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Holy Souls
Sunday 29 – Easter VII
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Love one another as I have loved you 

Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Last Supper. Judas has just left the table and gone out into the darkness, intending to betray Jesus to his enemies. Before the night is over, Jesus will be arrested, and the next day he will be crucified. And yet, Jesus says that he is about to be ‘glorified.’ What can he mean?

Jesus’ whole life on earth was driven by his love for God the Father. He was ready to go to his death on the Cross, because this would complete his Father’s plan. The Cross was glorious because it brought about the fulfilment of God’s plan of salvation. Jesus knew that his Father would raise him up, from death to glory.

The new commandment that Jesus gives to his disciples is, ‘Love one another just as I have loved you.’ It’s an awe-inspiring commandment; Jesus went to the Cross for love of us, and he asks us to show the same love to one another. We may not have to prove our love by dying, but Jesus calls us to give our lives in love and service of others. This, the Lord tells us, is how we will be known as disciples of Christ – by our love for one another. 

Laudato Si’ Week 2022

Pope Francis invites Catholic communities around the world to participate in Laudato Si’ Week 2022 from May 22-29. The global event will mark the seventh anniversary of Pope Francis’ landmark encyclical on creation care and unite the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to listen and respond to the cry of God’s creation. In our diocese, a special Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Robert in St Mary’s Cathedral, Newcastle on Monday May 23 at 7pm.  

Events at Minsteracres

See, I am making things new This retreat will provide an opportunity to explore and reveal the pathways through our wilderness, to notice where we have life and energy. To discern what God is making new in our lives. Led by the Minsteracres team. 20-22 May, cost £190.

Day of Prayer: This day enables you to experience different ways of praying in a beautiful setting and gives you time for quiet personal prayer. Led by the Minsteracres team. Lunch, tea and coffee are provided. Wednesday, 25 May, 10am – 4pm. Suggested donation: £30.

I know my sheep they follow me

Who is included in God’s Church? Today’s readings make it clear that everyone is included. In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear how Paul and Barnabas preached the Word of God as they travelled, to pagans as well as Jews. In the book of the Apocalypse, John has a vision of the Church gathered before the throne of Jesus, the Lamb of God. He sees ‘a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language.’ Everyone is welcome in God’s kingdom. Nation or race, language or tribe are not important – only faith.

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd, who knows each one of his sheep. The Church includes ‘a huge number, impossible to count;’ but the Lord knows every member of his Church by name, and he loves each one uniquely. Every sheep is precious to the Good Shepherd.

Jesus goes on to say, ‘the Father and I are one.’ Jesus’ love for God’s people flows from the love and unity of Father and Son. As members of God’s Church, we are invited to share in their love.